Updated: Bill Clinton discharged from hospital

Dr Amin, Bill and Hillary Clinton at the UC Irvine Medical Centre

Dr Amin, Bill and Hillary Clinton at the UC Irvine Medical Centre

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was discharged from hospital today, five days after he was admitted to UC Irvine Medical Centre in Orange, California.

Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating him at the centre announced the discharge in a terse statement, released by Clinton’s spokesman Angel Urena.

“His fever and white blood cell count are normalised and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics.

“On behalf of everone at uC Irvine Medical Centre, we were honoured to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress”, Amin said.

Amin is the Chair, Department of Medicine and Executive Director, Hospital Medicine at UC Irvine Health.

The 75-year-old, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the intensive care unit of the Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue.

Urena issued periodic health bulletin on the former president.

On Saturday, he hinted about today’s discharge, saying he has continued to make “excellent progress”.

“He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football,” Urena said in the statement on Twitter.

Clinton’s wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was at the hospital on Thursday, flying in from New York.

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Both she and her husband left the hospital together on Sunday.

Bill Clinton, who was in California to attend a dinner and reception for his foundation in Los Angeles County, has dealt with health problems in the past.

He had quadruple bypass operation in 2004 and a procedure to open a blocked artery in 2010.

The Democrat served two four-year terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 on charges arising from his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.

He was only the second U.S. president to be impeached.

Republican President Donald Trump would later become the third when he was impeached twice during his term.

Clinton, a former Arkansas governor, has combined a folksy charm with deep knowledge of policy issues.

He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W. Bush, in 1992 and then beat longtime Republican Senator Bob Dole to win re-election in 1996.